Streisand: A Biography

Streisand: A Biography

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by Anne Edwards
     
 

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Streisand: A Biography is much more than the story of the world's greatest living performer, how she got there, and why she remains at the top after three decades, it is also, in Anne Edward's sure hands, a compelling chronicle of a woman's fight to validate her appearance, her talent, and her right to love and be loved. Time and time again Streisand has

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Streisand: A Biography is much more than the story of the world's greatest living performer, how she got there, and why she remains at the top after three decades, it is also, in Anne Edward's sure hands, a compelling chronicle of a woman's fight to validate her appearance, her talent, and her right to love and be loved. Time and time again Streisand has demonstrated the ability to reinvent herself to keep pace with the continuing changes in musical taste. This updated edition of Edwards's pioneering biography chronicles her public life as a political activist as well as her private life as Mrs. James Brolin.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Veteran celeb biographer Edwards's life of Barbra Streisand is a sterling example of diva lit. The book is energized by the author's love/hate relationship with her subject. Streisand's well-known story is recounted in compelling and evocative detail, from her escape from an emotionally withholding mother, through her early stardom in Funny Girl and Hello, Dolly!, to her current status as film auteur and pop icon. Edwards (Vivien Leigh) portrays a performer convinced of her own star quality even as a beginnerstealing the Broadway show I Can Get It for You Wholesale in a small part and battling for control of her movies with veteran directors like William Wyler, Gene Kelly and Vincente Minnelli (and winning as often as not)and generally turning every song, performance and motion picture into an ode to herself. Streisand has not endeared herself to colleagues. Walter Matthau is quoted as calling her "a boa constrictor" and, in her acknowledgments, Edwards cites "over a hundred people" who spoke to her but did not want their names used. Throughout, Edwards mixes breathless awe at Streisand's talent and indomitable willpower with obvious contempt for what the author sees as the actress's narcissism, arrogance and lack of concern for others. Thus, Edwards can condemn "the extraordinary meanness of the press" only 20 pages after thumping Streisand for her "strikingly egotistical manner" in taking sole credit for The Prince of Tides. In the end, the book seems a lot like Streisand herself: many times far from lovable, but never less than fascinating. The book includes full listings of Streisand's film, recording, TV and theatrical credits, as well as photos, not seen by PW. (Apr.)
Library Journal
As an actress, singer, and film director, Barbra Streisand arouses strong emotions. While some have scorned her as a prima donna and obsessive controller, critics acknowledge that Streisand has fought hard to acquire power and retain her vision in male-dominated Hollywood. Edwards, a prolific biographer of film legends (e.g., Shirley Temple: American Princess, LJ 9/1/88) is the latest to review the Streisand phenomenon. Aside from discussing Streisand's well-documented perfectionism and professional insecurities, she chronicles Streisand's unhappy early life with her mother and stepfather, her unremitting drive for success, her numerous passionate affairs, and her growing political concerns. Edwards, who interviewed many Streisand associates, is evenhanded in her critical judgments. However, the book is inflated with too many digressions, and errors occasionally appear (e.g., she mistakenly places Gary Cooper at a 1964 Broadway premiere, three years after his death). Minor flaws notwithstanding, this book will be a popular addition to public libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/96.]-Stephen Rees, Levittown Regional Lib., Pa.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781630761288
Publisher:
Taylor Trade Publishing
Publication date:
02/01/2016
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
1,122,311
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.50(d)

What People are saying about this

Barbara Taylor Bradford
Edwards' brings Streisand so much to life, she leaps off the pages. It's a "warts and all" biography in the grand tradition, and that's what makes it work so well.
Rex Reed
This, at last, is the definitive Barbra book. Anne Edwards' exhaustive research, personal first hand knowledge and riveting style all combine in a biographical saga so awesome it ought to be a movie!

Meet the Author

Anne Edwards, a fastidious researcher and accomplished writer, is the author of several bestselling biographies of notable figures, including film stars Vivien Leigh, Judy Garland, and Katharine Hepburn, as well as Margaret Mitchell. Edwards’s autobiography, Leaving Home: A Hollywood Blacklisted Writer’s Years Abroad, was published in 2012. She lives in Beverly Hills, California.

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